We found out when our sweet Duce was only 16 months old (October
2007) that he had DCM. From an x-ray our veterinarian made, he said
we needed help because of Duce's enlarged heart.
We live in Arkansas and when we started looking for a
cardiologist, we found that cardiologists for animals were
basically only available in cities where there are colleges of
veterinarian medicine. With the help of God, we were able to
discover that Dr. Ashley B. Saunders travels each month for a
couple of days and to see patients in the Animal Diagnostic Clinic
in Dallas, Texas.
We were able to get to her within the next month.
She said Duce had only about 10% heart function and she was amazed
he was not having any more problems than he was. She started him on
taurine (his blood level was low normal) and on Vetmedin
(Pimobendan) immediately. Duce soon became very energetic and we
could just tell he was doing better. Duce first improved and then
remained stable for over two years before starting to have
problems. He was a very happy dog and was able to live quite
normally until the last few months of his life. Dr. Ashley Saunders
helped Duce have over two more good happy years of life and allowed
us to have so many sweet memories of him that we would have never
had. We want to thank Dr. Saunders for everything she did for Duce
and our family and for being so available to us.
Rebecca and Jillian